The Ballads of Fats Domino

The Ballads of Fats Domino

by Fats DominoFats Domino


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Strictly speaking, many of the 32 tracks on the 2018 compilation The Ballads of Fats Domino are not ballads. They're blues and slow-rolling R&B, songs that seem to define the Big Easy sound of Fats: "Blueberry Hill," "Blue Monday," "One Night," "Poor Me, "Before I Grow Too Old," "Natural Born Lover," and "I Hear You Knocking." They're surrounded by lots of songs that could conceivably be called ballads, but the feel of the comp isn't sweet and anodyne. Some of the tempos may be slow, but this is an R&B and rock & roll record through and through; it just happens to lean toward an easier roll. That sustained feel is appealing, as is the fact that this compilation is filled with songs that aren't hits but aren't slouches either. For some listeners, this may be a good way to launch an exploration of his classic Imperial period.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2018
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 5397102175305
catalogNumber: 17530
Rank: 67008

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fats Domino   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Lee Allen   Tenor Saxophone
Plas Johnson   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Bartholomew   Trumpet
Warren Bell   Tenor Saxophone
Red Callender   Bass
Cornelius Coleman   Percussion,Drums
Wendell DuConge   Alto Saxophone
Frank Fields   Bass
Clarence Ford   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Herb Hardesty   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jimmie Haskell   Leader
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Ernest McLean   Guitar
Roy Montrell   Guitar
Earl Palmer   Drums
Allen Toussaint   Piano
Adolphus Alsbrook   Bass
Charles "Hungry" Williams   Drums
Ramez Idriss   Guitar
Eddie Sylvas   Tenor Saxophone
Billy Diamond   Bass
Robert "Buddy" Hagans   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Emmett Fortner   Alto Saxophone
Andrew Lambert   Bass
Walter "Papoose" Nelson   Guitar
Robert E. Armstrong   Tenor Saxophone
Lawrence Guyton   Bass

Technical Credits

Jimmy Henderson   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer,Producer
Richard M. Jones   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Frank Fields   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Jimmie Haskell   Producer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Lewis   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Pee Wee Maddux   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Joe Young   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Robert Guidry   Composer
Pearl King   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Jack Little   Composer
Ira Schuster   Composer
Jean Delettre   Composer
Nico Feuerbach   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Jack Jessup   Composer
Britt   Composer

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